Monday, Oct 13, 2008

The Power of Story

Dear Power Writers, 

Stories are the stuff of life. While ideas engage the mind, stories engage the heart. For this reason, Jesus taught in stories known as parables. He was interested in the heart. If He could change the heart, then a change of mind would follow. 

Have you ever been bored silly during a sermon only to perk up when the pastor starts telling a story? We all have had this experience. So what is it about story that makes it so powerful? 

1) Story evokes emotion, and emotion is where most of us live. 

2) Story reflects truth, and truth is what sets us free. 

3) Story transforms the heart, and transformation is what makes us new. 

The best writing involves the use of story. Whether we write non-fiction, fiction, or poetry, we can use story to empower our writing. 

Look for story all around you. Harness story’s power and bring it to your writing. 

Next time, we will discuss the meaning of story and how to use it to capture the heart. 




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4 thoughts on “The Power of Story

  1. Hi MaryAnn, I just returned from a novel writers’ retreat at Ridgecrest in NC. One of my favorite teachers there was Steven James. He is a suspense novelist, but also has a masters in story telling. He was a very entertaining teacher who gave us so much to think about. He said some of the same things you said in your blog entry today about the power of stories to touch hearts with the truth. If you ever have a chance to hear him speak, I think you would enjoy it very much! For a taste – you can watch him in a short video at his website which is his name.

    October 13, 2008 at 3:13 PM

  2. Mary Ann, I have found so often when I am speaking or writing that a story (particularly a personal story) just makes everything fall into place for my audience. Thank you for reminding me.
    Kindredheartwriters are giving away (this week) the DAILY DEVOTION FOR WRITERS that you have on your blog. I really appreciate your new format. Clella

    October 13, 2008 at 5:27 PM

  3. Hi MaryAnn –

    Storytelling is the “show don’t tell” of Christianity. It shows how a principle or truth is lived out in real life.

    I’m looking forward to the next installment of this topic.

    Susan 🙂

    October 13, 2008 at 6:00 PM